If you've ridden BMX in the past 35 years, there's a good chance you've either ridden a Haro or know someone who has.
company was founded in 1978 by Bob Haro. Bob started out producing
number plates for BMX bikes in his home. While the company was gaining
popularity, Bob was also growing the brand new sport of BMX freestyle.
The BMX boom was in full swing and the company built a reputation for
developing innovative, top-of-the-line freestyle bikes and accessories.
addition to Bob himself, many of the sport's biggest names have ridden
for the Haro brand including, Mike Dominguez, Joe Johnson, Rick
Moliterno, Brian Blyther, Dennis McCoy, Mat Hoffman, Dave Mirra, Chad
DeGroot, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, and Matthias
Back in 2011, Haro had come to a crossroads as it was
losing steam to remain relevant in the BMX industry. In addition, the
company was searching for its next leader to help the brand return to
Who better than the man known as "Scottish John" to
take the reigns. After all, he was the most enthusiastic person anyone
has ever met when it comes to Haro bikes.
John took over the job
back in 2012 and put Haro back in the fast lane almost immediately with a
variety of throwback signature bikes, the Haro Lineage componentry
line, and repop frames and complete bikes like the Master and Sport that
brought many mid-80s Haro fans back to BMX.
John grew up in
Glasgow Scotland, and after an extremely traumatic childhood, he moved
to Australia to pursue a BMX career and more recently moved to the
United States to run the brand he loves most.
A lot has happened
along the way and John has lived an interesting and at times difficult
life, to say the least. In fact, he has a full-length movie being
released based on his life simply called, Ride. Most of the interviews
John's done lately are more about his movie and life story than anything
However this time around we wanted to focus on John's
passion not only for BMX but for Haro as well. In addition we talked
about how the movie E.T. made a huge impact on his BMX career, his first
BMX bike, his own BMX company called Pilgrim, his massive Haro
collection and which bike he loves the most, which components were the
hardest to find to complete certain bikes, creating and releasing the
Haro reissue bikes, what Dave Mirra meant to the brand, why he decided
to sell most of his BMX collection, what's next for Haro, and what it
takes to be the brand manager for one of the most iconic brands in BMX.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know the main man behind the Haro brand... John Buultjens!